Dig uncovers medieval industries in Bury St Edmunds

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Archaeologists have uncovered evidence of medieval industry on the outskirts of Bury St Edmunds town centre.

The clay ovens and leather tanneries appear to date from the 12th-16th Centuries.

Housing developers called county historians after they found mortar and flint footings for wooden buildings. 

The precise location of the site is not being publicised to protect the dig.

The Warren Map of 1740 showed the area to be fields - so this is the first evidence of previous development.

Alongside the clay ovens, the archaeologists have found a series of sunken barrels. ...

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